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Sooth Your Office Environment

I love finding things that just light up my life – literally. Especially the ones that make your morning coffee THAT much more soothing…

A couple of months ago I got inspired to buy a diffuser. At first it was to help soften the air at my desk at work, I also had a cold at the time, but now it’s just a nice addition to my desk at work and it really helps relax me on those busy work days.

The one I decided to buy is the ArtNaturals Essential Oil Diffuser and Humidifier off of Amazon [thank god for same day shipping] and I also got a box of oils to go with it [click here] I adore this product… It’s bluetooth compatible, has a 7 colour LED light – pick your favourite and you can also set the time on it for how long it runs [I usually just leave mine on all day.]

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The oil selection I ordered has a great selection of them. I’ll be the first to admit I don’t like ALL of the scents, but I enjoy having them handy in case my mood swings. The scents included are: rosemary, sweet orange, lemon grass, frankincense, tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender.
Most days I gravitate more to eucalyptus or lavender but I really enjoy frankincense too [just most people in the office space around me don’t, sadly.]

In total, I spent around $60 for the oils and the diffuser and I am SO thrilled with it. One of my new favourite stores at the mall is Saje. They do essential oils, skin care,

body sprays and lotions – all kinds of natural wellness products and they have the most beautiful scents for a diffuser. I have yet to splurge on some of their products – but when the time comes I’ll definitely give an update.

 

Until then,

Meghan C

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Coffee Blog: Respecting Your Elders

I hope your coffee is hot becuase my blood is boiling right now… My featured image sums up how I feel at this moment…

When my grandparents retired they made the executive choice of hiring a contractor to build them a cozy bungalow in Brighton, Ontario.
From reading posts previous to this one, you know my grandparents play a large part in my life and are also the sweetest human beings that I could have ever been faced to. Polite, caring, genuine, supportive and so much more.

Lately I found out that their new neighbours, in this beautiful, quiet little neighbourhood, have bad mannered and disrespectful kids.
Now, not all of the kids on this street are horrible [I grew up with a number of them] but these kids in particular have been harassing/bullying my grandparents.
Now before I go any further I know what you’re thinking “these kids must be bored. They live in the country.” That may be the case, but the actions these kids are taking are far beyond boredom.

Act 1:
Nicky Nicky Nine Doors has always been a thing. These kids heard about it, and yes it’s all in good fun. Take note though, leading up to my grandparents front door is a wooden wheel chair ramp and skateboards leave deep groves in wood… These kids, at 3am, would walk up to the front door ring the doorbell multiple times and then skateboard down the ramp, down the driveway and back to their homes. Harmless, good fun. Sure.
My grandmother approached the kids the following day while she was gardening and asked them not to continue with this…

Act 2:
I suppose these kids have a dog. Unless they shit in their hands and ran is across the hand rail of the wheel chair ramp…

Act 3:
They egged my grandparents house

Act 4:
My grandparents grass cutter arrived one morning to have a coffee at breakfast before he cut their lawns [my grandparents are very welcoming to people who help them] and upon his arrival he found a “stink bomb” at their front door… A paper bag filled with mustard, ketchup, mayo, relish, jam, peanut butter and god knows what else… when he picked it up it had leaked all over their door mat.

At this point my grandmother had already gone to their parents twice about their actions and said that they would deal with it, but clearly they did not. OR they did and it did not work.
Yesterday my grandparents had the police come and see what they could do about it. Over the next couple days they’re installing cameras at the front door and at the back door to see if they can get any clear footage of these scallywags. I hope they do.

It breaks my heart hearing about this nonsense happening to other peoples grandparents – but now that it’s hitting home and interfering with my grandmothers daily duties around the house, it really bothers me. It’s at the point where she’s afraid to go out and tend to her gardens, she’s afraid to walk out the front door thinking they’ll be standing there ready with some other trick up her sleeve. On Canada Day she called my dad because fire works were going off in the area and she believed that those kids were shooting them at her house…. These kids are driving my grandmother off the edge. And that breaks my heart because life should be easy for her and my grandfather. both my grandparents are in their late 80s… And this has to stop.

Meghan C

 

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Coffee Blog: Getting Through Anger

Grab a cup – God knows I have one…

Today I want to talk about how you deal with anger. Sometimes it’s the smallest things that tick me off; like when the coffee maker doesn’t work, or when the dog keeps barking at things but you don’t know what it wants, or when you think you fixed your coffee maker and no coffee comes out of it…

The whole reason I’m doing this blog is that I was having a wonderful day until I got home. Yes – my coffee maker is all out of whack, but I can fix it, I’m sure. However, I experienced something dumb with work that should have been made a lot more clearer – which I believe we all have gone through. I won’t go into depth on the issue, but here is how I coped.

  1. Took a deep breath – I gave myself a moment to analyze and figure out what I could do to fix the issue
  2. Pre-typed an email – I pre-typed the email with no recipients attached in case my email sounded bitchy… By not adding an email address, it gave me the freedom to type what I really thought without accidentally hitting send.
  3. Turned to my vice – I’ll be the first one to hit the smoking area after being put in a stressful situation. Something about turning to that naughty, naughty vice of mine that makes me feel so good. However, don’t follow my footsteps, find your own vice.
  4. Made a coffee – Nothing soothes me more than a warm cup of coffee. I don’t care the time of day – a cup of coffee cures all!
  5. Revisit that pre-typed email – After I finally pulled myself together I like to revisit the email that was never sent and then reword it to make it sound professional. Usually, helps after doing number 1-4.

 

I hope you find some sort of help in this, if not that’s fine. One rule I won’t put in here because it’s not quite part of my routine is to type out how you feel… Sort of like this blog post. Typing out or writing out feelings works really well. Taking it one thought at a time helps you organize your brain a little better.

 

Anywho, until Friday!

Meghan

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Keeping Organized

When I first started in my field my mind was scattered all the time… However, it did not help that I had a boss that was the same way. She relied on me to keep her organised, but when she jumped from project to project within one sentence it was really hard to keep track… Dealing with a manager like that really teaches you to slow down and keep an organized notebook/bullet journal.

Since then I’m basically a mess without my notebook, but I’ve also learned to keep a tight calendar. Every due date, meeting & reminder go in there (you can imagine how it looks…)

I came up with some tips on how to deal with these types of situations:

  • Analyse the situation
  • Make a step-by-step list and do each task slowly [This way you are less likely to make mistakes]
  • Ask questions or for help. If you’re stuck, never be afraid to double check with someone. Even if you have a difficult boss, you asking questions will show them you’re invested and dedicated to doing a good job.
  • Keep an organised ‘To-Do List’ or bullet notebook. Make it the way you want, add colours and spend time with it to make it work best for you
  • Take a break: Make a coffee or tea and put on some music before doing any project. Calm yourself down and start as soon as you’re ready
  • If you have to, go for a walk. Taking a minute on your own to clear your head will give you space to organize each step it will take to reach your goal
  • If you need to make a call: just do it. You’re the expert here and need information from them.
  • Have a backup plan if something goes wrong – or find a solution to fix the problem

 

Recently I had to cold call a bunch of events in my city for a program my work is doing. Finally, finishing an email that explained our program clearly was very uplifting – especially receiving an email from an event coordinator that seemed thrilled about the opportunity. I did most of the steps above and broke out of my fear of being told “no”.

I think being afraid really pushed me to a limit. I knew I had to fulfil a task, but that devil was sitting on my shoulder telling me I was going to fail… I flicked that little bugger off me and here I am; proud of myself for stepping out of my shell.

Just remember that these little things are just little. If you need a helping hand, please feel free to reach out; I’ll catch you every time 🙂

Until next time,

Meghan C

 

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Introduction Q&A

Sit back with a coffee, grab a donut and put on some relaxing music. I want this to be a place where you can relax and have conversations. A safe zone if you will, we all need a safe zone.

Before you decide I’m someone you’ll want to spill your guts out to, or relate to; read this quick q&a so you can get a small taste of who I am.

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  1. The meaning behind your blog name:
    I drink a lot of coffee. One first thing in the morning, one around lunch time and usually but not always; one in the evening. I want you to sit with your coffee in the morning and shuffle through the posts on my blog while you sip on that warm liquid that hugs your insides while you’re still groggy from your beauty sleep.
  2. Short term goals for this month:
    Now that this month is basically over, I’ll state my goals for May. A) Cut back on all the horrible but sweet food I have been eating. B) Get through the dance performances I need to do throughout May. C) Keep myself organized at work. I really need to improve on that end…
  3. Someone you see yourself marrying/spending the future together:
    This one is super easy. Francis. I will marry Francis. He is my boyfriend and we have been together for about a year… And it’s the best year I’ve ever had. He is the sweetest, kindest and most gentle fella I have ever met or been with. He treats me like the ultimate princess and is always there for me when I need someone to talk to. He works horrible hours in construction – but he tells me that comes with the job. Although he works these long hours, he gives me every second of time he has. Always makes room in his schedule to pencil me in even for 30 seconds for a hug and a kiss. He’s the most genuine and fun guy and he listens to the same music as me. He deserves a full blog post alone though… Soon to come 🙂
  4. Three books on your bookshelf:
    A) Ealeanor & Park – my favourite sappy novel… Though it’s not all that sappy haha
    B) Soppy – a comic book on things couples do (that I can definitely relate to)
    C) Go Ask Alice – a novel about a girl who accidently gets drugged at a party but likes it. Definitely a coming of age story with a horrible end.

 

That’s all I’ve got for now. I hope this has given you the slightest taste of who I am. Visit my contact page if you have any questions. I’d be more than thrilled to hear from you!

 

Best –

Meghan